Here Are The Candidates Who Received Trump’s Endorsement For The Midterms

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

President Donald Trump has given his endorsement to gubernatorial, U.S. House and Senate candidates across the nation and stumped for many of them in their home states.

Here’s a list of the candidates he has endorsed. Close races to watch include Republican Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, who is neck and neck with Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Democrat Stacey Abrams, and Democratic incumbent Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s close race with Republican challenger Josh Hawley.

Races that could indicate early on if the Democrats’ blue wave will be a tsunami or a puddle include Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, where incumbent Rep. Troy Balderson has Trump’s stamp of approval.

Here are the Republican candidates who received Trump’s endorsement according to Ballotpedia:

Governor

  • Mike Dunleavy, Alaska
  • Doug Ducey, Arizona incumbent
  • Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas incumbent
  • John Cox, California
  • Walker Stapleton, Colorado
  • Bob Stefanowski, Connecticut
  • Ron DeSantis, Florida
  • Kemp, Georgia
  • Kris Kobach, Kansas
  • Bill Schuette, Michigan
  • Jeff Johnson, Minnesota
  • Adam Laxalt, Nevada
  • Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma
  • Mike DeWine, Ohio
  • Henry McMaster, South Carolina incumbent
  • Bill Lee, Tennessee
  • Greg Abbott, Texas incumbent
  • Scott Walker, Wisconsin incumbent

It’s worth noting that Trump also endorsed Wyoming gubernatorial candidate Foster Friess in August, but Friess lost in the primaries to Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon. Some of Trump’s endorsees, like McMaster and Hutchinson, are incumbents who are all but guaranteed to win Tuesday. Other candidates face much tighter races, like DeSantis in Florida. (RELATED: These Democrats’ Campaign Ads Definitely Backfired)

President-elect Donald Trump and Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, pose for a photo following their meeting with president-elect at Trump International Golf Club, November 20, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President-elect Donald Trump and Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, pose for a photo following their meeting with president-elect at Trump International Golf Club, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Kansas gubernatorial candidate Kobach also got attention after Trump endorsed the challenger over GOP incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer in August. Kobach is in a toss-up race with Democrat Laura Kelly according to RealClearPolitics.

Senate

  • Martha McSally, Arizona
  • Mike Braun, Indiana
  • Rick Scott, Florida
  • John James, Michigan
  • Karin Housley, Minnesota
  • Roger Wicker, Mississippi incumbent
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mississippi special election incumbent
  • Hawley, Missouri
  • Matt Rosendale, Montana
  • Deb Fischer, Nebraska incumbent
  • Dean Heller, Nevada incumbent
  • Kevin Cramer, North Dakota
  • Jim Renacci, Ohio
  • Lou Barletta, Pennsylvania
  • Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
  • Ted Cruz, Texas incumbent
  • Mitt Romney, Utah
  • Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia
  • Leah Vukmir, Wisconsin
  • John Barrasso, Wyoming incumbent

Trump also endorsed West Virginia Republican Rep. Evan Jenkins before Jenkins lost to Morrisey by roughly 5 points, according to Ballotpedia. Trump touted candidates in tight races like Senate hopefuls Gov. Scott and Rep. Blackburn at rallies in their home states in the days leading up to the election.

Florida governor and US senatorial candidate Rick Scott speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the Pensacola International Airport on November 3, 2018 in Pensacola, Florida. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Florida governor and U.S. senatorial candidate Rick Scott speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the Pensacola International Airport on Nov. 3, 2018 in Pensacola, Florida. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

House of Representatives

  • Martha Roby, Alabama incumbent
  • Paul Cook, California incumbent
  • Diane Harkey, California
  • Devin Nunes, California incumbent
  • Kevin McCarthy, California incumbent
  • Neal Dunn, Florida incumbent
  • Matt Gaetz, Florida incumbent
  • Ross Spano, Florida
  • Ted Yoho, Florida incumbent
  • Rod Blum, Iowa incumbent
  • Kevin Yoder, Kansas incumbent
  • Andy Barr, Kentucky incumbent
  • Clay Higgins, Louisiana incumbent
  • Bruce Poliquin, Maine incumbent
  • Tom Emmer, Minnesota incumbent
  • Jim Hagedorn, Minnesota
  • Dave Hughes, Minnesota
  • Jason Lewis, Minnesota incumbent
  • Erik Paulsen, Minnesota incumbent
  • Pete Stauber, Minnesota
  • Danny Tarkanian, Nevada
  • Jay Webber, New Jersey
  • Dan Donovan, New York incumbent
  • John Faso, New York incumbent
  • Tom Reed, New York incumbent
  • Lee Zeldin, New York incumbent
  • Ted Budd, North Carolina incumbent
  • Mark Harris, North Carolina
  • Balderson, Ohio incumbent
  • John Chrin, Pennsylvania
  • Keith Rothfus, Pennsylvania incumbent
  • Lloyd Smucker, Pennsylvania incumbent
  • Katie Arrington, South Carolina
  • David Kustoff, Tennessee incumbent
  • Kevin Brady, Texas incumbent
  • Pete Sessions, Texas incumbent
  • Dave Brat, Virginia incumbent
  • Denver Riggleman, Virginia
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington incumbent
  • Carol Miller, West Virginia
  • Bryan Steil, Wisconsin

Trump endorsees facing tough races include Virginia Rep. Brat, who’s in a toss-up with Democratic challenger and former CIA officer Abigail Spanberger, and Ohio Rep. Balderson, who is once again facing Democrat Danny O’Connor after beating him in an August special election.

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